Watch at Home: ‘The Addams Family’ & more from female filmmakers

Morticia (voiced by Charlize Theron) and Gomez (Oscar Isaac) in The Addams Family. Photo credits: United Artists Releasing.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 1/24/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is The Addams Family. This is more or less by default as it is the only film to hit home video or streaming this weekend.

This incarnation sees the Addams Family making a move to the suburbs in New Jersey when Gomez and Morticia’s wedding gets attacked. One hit person who becomes their butler aside, the move isn’t so bad. Flash forward some thirteen years and the drama only begins to ensue.

Gomez prepares son Pugsley for his Mazurka (a rite of passage) while Morticia is trying to prevent daughter Wednesday from exploring the outside world. Things soon become intense when reality TV host Margaux Needler decides that the family must be removed because of not conforming to her ideal world.

It’s not long before Wednesday makes a new friend with Margaux’s daughter, Parker. Before you know it, both families are at war with each other. If not for Wednesday’s new friendship with Parker, everything could have ended in a disaster.

The star-studded voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Middler, and Allison Janney. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tierman direct the animated film, which marked the family’s return to the theaters a few months ago. A sequel is currently being planned for 2021.

© Danielle Solzman (1/24/20) FF2 Media

Featured photos from The Addams Family EPK
Photo Credits: United Artists Releasing

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic
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